Promising relief from stray cows, Punjab Gausewa Commission chairman Kimti Bhagat on Tuesday said there would be no stray cows roaming on Punjab roads after July.
Bhagat was addressing the media after a meeting of the governing body of the commission at Forest Complex here. He said there are more than 1.6 lakh stray cows in Punjab for which cow ranches were being constructed to ensure proper upkeep and assistance to these cows.
Pointing to the traffic threat they posed, Bhagat said that in the past two years, 242 lives had been lost in road accidents. “After the completion of work for cow ranches at the district level, there will be no unassisted cows roaming on roads after July, which will help reduce road accidents.”
He said the notification for providing free water supply and electricity to 472 cow ranches in Punjab would be issued soon.
“Work for construction of 22 cow ranches on 25 acres each being carried out in the state will be completed by March. A sum of Rs 1.5 crore in each district is being spent for construction of these ranches,” Bhagat said.
He said a national monument named Rashtriya Shahidi Gau-Smarak will be constructed at Jog village of Mansa district for which Rs 2 crore had been forwarded to the deputy commissioner. He said Rs 70 lakh had been forwarded to all deputy commissioners in the state for expenses to be incurred on cow ranches.